Oh ho...Mr. Penny Black Caroling Duck is back yet again...this time with flower soft on his hat...hope you can see it in the enlarged photo. He's standing next to a Memory Box Snowflake diecut tree, cut from a snippet of gold mirror cardstock. I had been trying to decide how to use Mr. C. Duck and this seemed a good pairing. I had made the background blue piece using an Impression Obsession Cover a Card Snowflake stamp (think it was CC132). I used Versa mark to stamp on blue cardstock (yes, a snippet!), heat embossed with a Pearl embossing powder. It produced a pretty effect, but it was a bit mottled in places. Not sure if I didn't have good versamark coverage on the stamp, if it was the paper reacting to the versamark & embossing powder. I decided to use it anyway as a background. Glued the gold tree next to Mr. Duck. Since I was using snippets to create here, it didn't cover the white cardbase as I wanted. Hunted through my ribbon stash, found the sparkly gold, and some more of the American Crafts adhesive ribbon, in a pretty blue. Put both these ribbons on the bottom, added only the gold ribbon at the top. Fixed that part of my white problem. Then had to hunt for something to cover the white sides; found a 'burgundy-ish' snippet that looked ok with all the other snippets. Used an MS punch to do the scalloped trim. BTW, C. Duck was a leftover colored image also! Glued the MS trim down to the back of this first layer, trying to place so it would cover the unwanted white c/base as much as I could, without hanging over & causing an envelope problem. Once I finished, I didn't think it looked all that great. Had my daughter critique it (and believe me, folks, she will be totally honest if she doesn't like something Mama did!).She said "Oh, I think it looks ok...who are you sending it to?", so I decided to keep it in the stash. Does this kind of 'creative process' happen to you? I guess it is teaching me to not just toss something because it didn't look as good as I really wanted. In case you can't tell, I'm really liking this little duck. He just looks so goofy beside the pretty tree. Have a great afternoon. Come again soon.
Edit: This was a scheduled post, and now that it's 'live', and I had 'snippets' (LOL), I will mosey on over to Pixie's Playground 'cause she had some lovely looking yummies for dinner, and who knows, might be a bit left in the pot for stragglers. Let's check & see, shall we? If not, there's bound to be something gorgeous to look at with everyone's cards that the girls bring along! See you there. Ho, Ho, Ho.


  1. Well mr Duck looks like he's having a most special time caroling. Lots to look at on your sweet card. Great use of snippets. Happy Holidays.

  2. I think it's cute and fun! Sure to bring a smile. Beautiful embossing! My girls would tell me the truth too, sometimes I choose not to listen to the. :)

  3. Another lovely Christmas card here Mary. I can't see anything I don't like about it. The duck is cute and the tree is stunning. The background looks just fine.
    We are always our own worst critics.

    Sarn xxx

  4. A beautiful card. The Christmas tree is stunning, and I love your adorable duck.

  5. This little guy would look good anywhere, Mary! Another beautiful MB tree!

  6. the duck is adorable and looks good anywhere on any card. :) i love him next to the tree and against the blue background.

  7. The tree is gorgeous, and the duck is just so dog gone cute! Love the card.


  8. Hi Mary,

    Mr. Duck is very cute! I can just hear him singing Christmas carols! I think it's a perfect card! But I agree, even though something doesn't turn out just like we envisioned doesn't mean it's not perfect just the way it is!